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The news that “Carrie,” a remake of the classic Brian De Palma shriekfest, would be directed by Kimberly Peirce (”Boys Don’t Cry”) and star Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore raised hopes of a re-do with added layers of empathy, thwarted empowerment, teen-grrl retribution. Man, what a disappointment.
The new “Carrie” is a thoroughly dispiriting retread that could have directed by any proficient Hollywood hack. It steps carefully in the footprints of De Palma’s film, sometimes down to the shot language, and retells this story without ever giving us a reason to watch it again. There’s something to be said for having an actual teenager play the title role — but there’s more to be said for the stunned, almost childlike performance of the 27-year-old Sissy Spacek in the original.